Avon River Days just around the corner

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 16, 2014
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What do a street dance, butterfly release and kite flight have in common?

It’s all on the agenda for Avon River Days.

The schedule for the recently renamed Natal Day weekend celebration, formerly known as Sam Slick Days and Windsor-West Hants Summer Fest, includes a combination of festival favourites and Avon River Days firsts running from Aug. 1-3.

A committee of volunteers assumed the arduous task of organizing this year’s festival upon learning the Sam Slick Society was dissolving, and no longer hosting Summer Fest.

“When we came together it was really just to ensure that the festival continued and we gave the people lots of things to do,” said organizing committee spokesperson Heather Donohue.

“I think it’s an important aspect of the community; one of the things that people love to get together and enjoy.”

Contributions from individuals, businesses and community groups have been key in planning the festival without core funding.

“These are individuals who have worked very hard and given up a lot of their time to try and create something really spectacular for their friends and neighbours,” said Donohue.

“This group accomplished in two months what normally would have taken a year to plan.”

In return, they’re hoping to see crowds of people enjoying Avon River Days activities throughout Windsor and West Hants from Friday morning to late Sunday evening.

“People can come and have fun and enjoy their families and see their friends and really experience a great weekend.”

Country crooner Josh Macumber may have received international airplay with his debut album Josh Macumber Was Here, but he hasn’t forgotten about Hants County.

Macumber, who spent a lot of time with family in Cheverie growing up, and Broken Circuit have signed on to perform at a free, family-friendly street dance that will take over Gerrish Street from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 1.

Keeping with tradition, the grand street parade will roll through downtown Windsor at 1 p.m. Aug. 2, and the weekend-long celebration will come to a close Sunday, Aug. 3, with a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.

Friends of the Fireworks — an Avon River Days fundraising campaign launched to ensure the festival is complete with fireworks — brought in about $4,000 in donations as of July 14. The organizing committee is still about $800 shy of what it will cost to put on a fireworks display. Donations can be dropped off at OK Tire in Windsor.

To see the full schedule of events planned for Avon River Days, visit www.avonriverdays.com.